ARMENIAN SPORTS MINISTRY MEDAL TO IA ASHOT VARDAPETYAN

On January 12 Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Gabriel Ghazaryan on the occasion of 60th anniversary and for the unique services in the field of Physical Culture and Sport awarded the Vice President of Chess Federation of Armenia, the Chairman of Rules Committee of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), the Chairman of the European Chess Union Arbiter’s Council, well known International Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan with the gold medal of the Ministry.

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The Minister congratulated the famous referee on his anniversary, wishing further productive work, success and professional achievements.

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National Olympic Committee of Armenia awarded Mr. Vardapetyan with Albert Azaryan Medal.

Photo source http://www.minsportyouth.am/

 




EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL WOMEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

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The European Individual Women Chess Championship will take place in Georgia from 18th to 31st of May 2015.

The proposal of the Georgian Chess Federation to the European Chess Union includes 75.000 EUR as the total prize fund (60.000 EUR net for the players) and all the organizational expenses covered.

The exact venue and all the details will be published in the tournament invitation by the end of January.

European Chess Union expresses its thanks to the Georgian Chess Federation for the constant support to the major chess events and especially to the Women’s chess where Georgia has a great tradition and two chess legends, World champions Nona Gaprindashvili and Maia Chiburdanidze.

European Chess Union administration completed in a short term the whole European Calendar for 2015, managing at the same time to improve the conditions and prize fund for the European Individual Chess Championship in Jerusalem (23.02 – 08.03.2015).




CONI EXPO SPORT OPEN DAY IN MILAN/ITALY

CONI Expo Sport Open Day – The CONI Epiphany stocking enters in the Guinness World Record, promoted by CONI Event Point and included in the program “WhiteWinter 2014-2015” by the City of Milan, Italy. The event was organized on 6th January to involve children and adults, invited to support the longest sock in the world, and was open to all.

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“A unique opportunity to join together in a celebration of sharing, inclusion and solidarity through sport, to make people feel that the city is ready to welcome the sports federations that supported event and by next months will be represented by athletes from all over the world during Expo Milan 2015 Fair”, said the President of CONI Regional Lombardy Committee, Mr. Pierluigi Marzorati.

The audience was great protagonist, along with some groups of cheerleader federations and athletes who, by their presence, communicate the importance of sport and its values, and together they had the task to support the stocking.

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Among other events and projects, chess had an important role during the CONI Expo Sport Open Day. There was set up a large area available for children, teens and adults, managed by Chess Projects.

Two giant chess and many chess sets and chess clocks were available for those who wanted to try this exciting “sport of the mind” with the assistance of qualified FSI instructors.

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Once again, chess, as a mind sport, has shown that is able to compete on equal terms and with equal dignity with classic sports, even during massive and developmental events as “CONI Expo Sport Open Day “organized in downtown Milan at famous Duomo square, right in front of gothic cathedral!

On this occasion President of Chess Projects, Mr. Matteo Zoldan, enthusiast and energetic player, instructor and FIDE International Organiser was awarded, along with representatives of other sports present (fencing, golf, table tennis, volleyball), with a medal of remembrance, for ‘efforts provided to promote sport’ (chess as well), during this and further past events organized by CONI in the city of Milan.

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The day ended on main stage with an exciting BLITZ (5 minutes) challenge in two games between two master category players, which took place with the giant chess, and Mr. Zoldan as a commentator, who has been able to engage the audience. The first game ended in a draw, while second finished with a decisive result, in the final seconds left on clock of both players.

Photo Gallery is available on the website of Chess Projects.

After the first event organised on 1st November in the center of Milan, at fashionable and modern Gae Aulenti square, this is the second of chess events organised in Milan downtown to open the road to Expo Milan 2015, starting on May with the end in October.

Actually during Expo Milan 2015, Chess Projects  and Accademia Scacchi Milano will organise a huge event with multiple tournaments (classic, blitz, rapid, youth). The first of them will be the International Chess Tournament dedicated to Italian and foreign players coming from worldwide to enjoy Expo 2015 and city of Milan.




EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 IN VIENNA

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Vienna Chess Federation & Austrian Chess Federation under the auspices of the European Chess Union organizes the European Senior Team Chess Championship in Vienna/Austria, from 12-20 July, 2015. Playing venue and accommodation will be in the Hotel AIRO Wien.

37 teams have registered so far. List of the teams can be found on Chess-Results

The official website is launched at the web address http://www.estcc2015.at/

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The Championship will be played in 9 rounds according to the Swiss System, with time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move starting from move one.

Entitled to participate are men who have reached the age of 60 years and women who have reached the age of 50 years, by December 31st, 2015. Each team shall consist of four players in fixed order. Additionally one reserve player can be nominated who is only allowed to play on board 4. If women teams participate, a special ranking will be organized.

Contact for registration or any questions:

Organizer: Vienna Chess Federation

A-1020 Vienna, Marathonweg 14

Email: poecksteiner@chess-vienna.at

Phone: +43 664 4122595 (Mr. Pöcksteiner)

The official invitation with the entry form can be downloaded below

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4TH EUROPEAN SMALL NATIONS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

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The “4th European Small Nations Team Championship” will be held from April 18th (arrival) to 26th 2015 (departure) in St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Federations participating in the event are as follows:

  1. LIECHTENSTEIN
  2. JERSEY
  3. FAROE ISLANDS
  4. GUERNSEY
  5. MALTA
  6. SAN MARINO
  7. ANDORRA
  8. LUXEMBOURG
  9. CYPRUS
  10. MONACO

Each team consists of four players; in addition, one reserve player may be nominated.

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Teams should notify the tournament director of the following by the deadlines stated:

Team registration –Federation’s intended participation by 31 January 2015

Accommodation preferences – notification of accommodation requirements by 28 February 2015 (kindly provide earlier if possible)

Fifth player participation –Intention to bring a fifth player by 28 February 2015

Team composition – Players (and preferably Board order) by 31 March 2015 and team Captain

The playing venue will be the Harry Bound room at Les Cotils (views from the playing hall of the neighbouring islands Herm and Sark).  The accommodation will be at the Albany apartments (about 10 minutes’ walk from the venue).

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The championship will be played using the 9-round round-robin system. Starting numbers will be drawn at the Opening Ceremony. The time control will be 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment for each move starting from move one.

There will be prizes for top three teams and a special prize for best player of each board (single board Prizes).

For more information you can contact the tournament director Mr. Fred Hamperl:

phone + 44 7911139088

E‐mail: hamperlfred@hotmail.com

Official Regulations can be downloaded below:

Small Nations 2015 regulations – Guernsey




GEORGIA APPROVES HUGE CHESS PROGRAMME UNTIL 2018 CHESS OLYMPIAD

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On December 30 of 2014, the programme of chess development (2015-2018) has been approved by the government.

Programme objectives:

• Measures to support promotion and development of chess in Georgia.

• Trainings for Georgian National and Age teams to reach to appropriate level and for the players to compete successfully in international competitions.

• International competitions shall be held to a high level.

Among them:
o 2015 – World Grand Prix
o 2016 – World Youth (8-12) Championship, Women’s World Grand Prix
o 2017 – World Cup o 2018 – European Individual Championships

• Promotion of national championships, club competitions and other tournaments.

• Organization of measures for the 2018 World Chess Olympiad, Batumi.

• Tbilisi international chess academy for the successful generation of chess.

• Georgia as one of the world chess center.

• Development of chess in different regions of Georgia.

• Promotion of “Chess in Schools” programme.

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ECU NEWSLETTER – EDITION DECEMBER 2014

The European Chess Union has published the December 2014 edition of the monthly Newsletter.

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In the December 2014 edition you will find:

  • The report about the European Blitz & Rapid Championship 2014 in Worclaw;
  • The report about the World Youth U-16 Olympiad 2014 in Gyor;
  • Reports about the ECU President Mr. Azmaiparashvili official visits to Podgorica, Skopje and Jerusalem;
  • Meeting of the ECU officials with Chess Base and Chess Informant;
  • Report about London Chess Classic and Chess & Mathematics Conference;
  • Fun Zone;
  • Upcoming events in January – announcement about the important European tournaments;

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THE TEAM OF INDIA WINS WORLD YOUTH U-16 OLYMPIAD IN GYOR

The Hungarian Chess Federation organized the World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad for teams in Győr (Hungary) from 12-22 December 2014.

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The event gathered 256 young chess players from 37 countries, and after 10 rounds the best among them became the team of India. Indians scored 18 match points, full point ahead the silver Russia. Bronze went to the team of Iran with 16 match points.

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Great organization and a very successful youth event was confirmed by the words of Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, Secretary General of the European Chess Union and FIDE Events Comission Delegate at the opening ceremony of the tournament . Mr. Tsorbatzoglou expressed his belief that Hungary and Gyor would be an excellent host of the Youth Olympiad.

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“A country that gives to chess World Champions, legend players, great teams, Olympic medalists.  We are pleased to have today with the us the greatest ever of the women chess players Grand Master Judith Polgar. Gyor and Hungary is the right place to host and popularize this event . The participation of 40 countries and more than 50 teams is the evidence on this.

He stated that FIDE and European Chess Union are proud to organize World Youth U16 Olympiad in Gyor and they hope that soon there will be more completions of our calendar to take place in Hungary.

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Mr. Martin Huba, ECU Treasurer represented the European Chess Union at the closing ceremony and rewarded the winners.

Official website of the World Youth Olympiad




NAVARA AND DUDA WON EUROPEAN BLITZ AND RAPID CHAMPIONSHIP 2014

The European Blitz & Rapid Championship 2014 was held in Worclaw/Poland 19-21 December, 2014, in the Centennial Hall.

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The Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, the official venue of the Championship

The European Championship in Blitz took place on Friday. It gathered more than 600 players from 31 countries. The best among them was Czech Grandmaster David Navara. He scored 19 points and became the new European Blitz Champion. Jan Krzysztof Duda, a 16-year old Polish player took the second place, and bronze went to Spanish player Ivan Lopez Salgado.

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Blitz winner David Navara with Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and Petr Pisk

Final Standings

The Rapid competition was held in the next two days, on Saturday and Sunday at the same place, gathering almost 800 players from 32 European Federations. The silver medallist from Blitz, young Polish player Jan Krzysztof Duda triumphed in Rapid Championship by defeating the Blitz Champion David Navara in the last round, and took home two medals. Second place went to GM Andrei Volokitin, and Grzegorz Gajewski came third.

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Rapid winner and Blitz silver medalist Jan Krzysztof Duda

Final Standings

The ECU Secretary General Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and the President of Polish Chess Federation Mr. Tomasz Delega opened the European Rapid Chess Championship in Wroclaw with a new record of participation. After the opening ceremony ECU and Polish Chess Federation officials visited the grave of the legend German Chess player Dr. Adolf Anderssen. A working lunch took place, in the Polonia Wroclaw chess club where various chess matters were discussed among them the future cooperation with the Polish chess Federation.

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The Championship was organized by Polonia Wroclaw Chess Club, under the patronage of the European Chess Union and the Polish Chess Federation. It was held under the auspices of Rafal Dutkiewicz – the President of the city of Wroclaw and will bear the name the 23rd Adolf Anderssen Memorial.

Official website

Photos by Marta Wolska




ECU PRESIDENT ZURAB AZMAIPARASHVILI IN PODGORICA AND SKOPJE

The ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili paid an official visit to Montenegro Chess Federation. Mr. Azmaiparashvili had a meeting with the Director of the Administration of Sport Mr. Igor Vusurovic, the President of the Montenegro Olympic Committee, Mr. Dusan Simonovic and the President of the Montenegro Chess Federation, Mrs. Angelina Vukovic. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Veselin Draskovic, Vice President of MCF, the Secretary of MCF Mr. Boro Miljanic and the MCF Board Member Mr. Nenad Radulovic.

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In a friendly atmosphere the current relations between the ECU and Montenegro and its Chess Federation was discussed, as well as the ways of the future cooperation.

After the meeting ECU President held a press conference and gave an interview for the Montenegro National Television.

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Then Mr. Azmaiparashvili visited the Montenegro Chess Championships 2014 and attended the Championships’ awarding ceremony, where he presented the awards to the winners.

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FIDE President, Mr. Kirsan Ilymzhinov, also arrived in Podgorica and was also present at the closing ceremony of the Championships.

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Montenegro Championships were held from 10t till 20th December in the hall of the National Library “Radosav Ljumovic”, gathering the members of the Montenegro Olympic team, as well as the promising young players. Grandmaster Nikola Djukic convincingly won the Men’s Championship with 8,5/11 points, leaving IM Luka Draskovic a full point behind. This is Djukic’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall title. Bronze went to GM Dragisa Blagojevic. The Women’s Champion for 2014 is Nina Delevic.

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Championships were a part of the “December Days of Chess” in Podgorica which were organized by Montenegro Chess Federation.

Regarding the organization of the European Chess Club Cup 2015, which will be held next year in Skopje/FYR Macedonia, the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili paid an official visit to Skopia on 17th and 18th December. He met with the Mayor of Karpos, Mr. Stevco Yakimovski, President of the National Chess Federation, Mr. Blagoja Bogoevski and the Director of the Agency for Youth and Sports, Mr. Marjan Spaseski.

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Chess Federation of FYR of Macedonia in cooperation with Chess Club Gambit, and Karpos Municipality, , as main supporter, are the organizers of ECCC 2015  and  singed with ECU the contract for the event.

Mr. Azmaiparashvili expressed his satisfaction that Karpos Municipality, the biggest sports municipality in the country will organize this great event which is one of renowned sports activities in Europe.

– Thank you for the support you generously give and all your enthusiasm. I believe that your organization will succeed in achieving a great and unprecedented sporting event. While investing in the players, we all mutually invest in the future of the smart world. Everything is in the training of the fingers and the brain – Azmaiparashvili said.

ECU President said he expects Skopje to give its best to make the ECCC the most successful event ever.

– I expect FYR Macedonia to show their best organizational plan, and thus be an example for the organization of this great tournament. In the past we had a great confirmation of the organizational capabilities of your country – said Azmaiparashvili.

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This is not the first European Chess Club Cup which will be held in FYR Macedonia. The city of Ohrid already hosted the ECCC five years ago, in 2001.

As organizers of the European Chess Club Cup 2015  the Mayor Yakimovski emphasized that every year the Municipality organizes International Chess Tournament “Open Karpos” and is already experienced in organizing such great chess tournaments. For the organization of ECC2015 we have already had meetings with top players such as Kiril Georgiev from Bulgaria, Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Robert Markus (Serbia), Zdenko Kozul (Croatia), Bulgarians Antoaneta Stefanova and Iva Videnova, Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) and many others – completed Yakimovski.

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Mr. Spaseski shared the experiences of investing in sports and sports infrastructure of the country, and informed Mr. Azmaiparashvili that FYR Macedonia has been a host to many chess events in history and all of them proved to be excellently organized.

– Our country invests in chess, and in the past our country held strong international chess tournaments, such as “Meeting of Solidarity” (1967-1976), in which World Champions Robert Fischer and Anatoly Karpov took part, then International Tournament “Open Skopje” and Chess Olympiad in 1972, for which Macedonia has received many praises – Spaseski said.

During his visit, president of the ECU was pleased with the quality of preparations for the organization, and underlined that this is real and modern organization of a high-ranking sports event.